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What Type of Doctor Treats Varicose Veins?

What type of doctor treats varicose veins?

The official terminology for a doctor who treats varicose veins is “phlebologist.” That’s because the branch of medicine dealing with veins and vascular health is “phlebology.” However, phlebologists can come from all medical specialties, including cardiologists, hospitalists, anesthesiologists, and dermatologists, as long as they have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease.

Our spider vein and varicose vein treatment center in Texas has some of the most reliable phlebologists in Texas. We individually select our vein doctors from the country’s leading residencies, fellowship programs, and Ivy League universities. Furthermore, we also ensure that our vein doctors have specialized training in vascular imaging and the latest minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments. They’re also incredibly friendly and have excellent bedside manners.

When Should you See a Doctor for Varicose Veins?

Before discussing when you should consult a vein doctor, we should first discuss what varicose veins are and what causes varicose veins.

What are Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Varicose veins are large blood vessels that bulge out of your skin’s surface in a twisted, tangled, and knotted form. They look like a mass of tangled ropes or tree trunks bulging out of your skin’s surface. Varicose veins are different from spider veins — the latter are dense clusters of blood vessels that stay under the skin’s surface. Varicose veins and spider veins are usually visible on the lower extremities of the body, such as the thighs and legs.

What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

To understand when to see a vein doctor, you should also understand what causes varicose veins. Chronic venous insufficiency is the primary root cause of varicose veins and spider veins. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition wherein the collapse of vein valves makes blood accumulate in your leg veins, which leads to increased pressure against vein walls. Over time, the continued accumulation of blood in leg veins leads to spider veins and bulging varicose veins.

Do you have questions about varicose veins and spider veins? In this article, our vein doctors answer some of the most common questions about varicose vein treatment near me in Houston.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Vein Disease?

Varicose veins are essentially blood vessels with a high volume of accumulated blood. The presence of varicose veins indicates that you already have advanced chronic venous insufficiency. As such, if you have varicose veins, you should consult a vein doctor in Texas as soon as possible. In fact, you should ideally contact a vein treatment center in Texas the moment you notice the first signs and symptoms of vein disease, even before varicose veins.

The following are the early signs and symptoms of venous insufficiency: leg heaviness, leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, throbbing leg veins, leg swelling, leg pain, skin discoloration, and spider veins. If left untreated, you may eventually experience profuse bleeding due to burst varicose veins, skin disease, leg ulcers, or deep vein thrombosis. Please contact a reliable vein treatment center in Texas if you notice any of the aforementioned signs and symptoms of vein disease.

Does Drinking Water Help Varicose Veins?

You should drink water regularly because hydration improves most of your body’s processes, including blood circulation and vascular health. And improved blood circulation and vein health can reduce your risk of vein disease. However, drinking water is an insufficient solution to varicose veins caused by leaking vein valves. You should still drink plenty of water, but that won’t treat varicose veins — you must consult a vein doctor in Texas for reliable treatments.

What happens if you leave varicose veins untreated?

If you leave varicose veins untreated, blood will continue accumulating in the leg veins. Over time, your vein walls will dilate excessively, increasing the risk of your varicose veins bursting. When that happens, you will experience profuse bleeding, for which you’ll need to be taken to an emergency room.

 Other complications of untreated vein disease include skin discoloration, leg ulcers, and deep vein thrombosis. The last of these, DVT, is a condition wherein the accumulated blood in your leg veins hardens into blood clots. If these blood clots break away, they may travel to your lungs, inducing a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism.


Can you get rid of varicose veins without surgery?

Yes, you can treat varicose veins without surgery. In fact, varicose vein surgery is an outdated and obsolete solution because of the presence of minimally invasive varicose vein treatments. These days, reliable vein doctors in Texas only treat varicose veins and venous insufficiency using minimally invasive procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation, and venaseal. These procedures treat the root cause of varicose veins without surgeries, hospitalization, or downtime.

How Can I Improve Circulation in my Legs While Sitting?

You can improve blood circulation in your legs by elevating your legs above the level of your heart. When you do this, you enlist gravitational force to facilitate blood circulation towards your heart. While this may alleviate some of the symptoms of varicose veins for a short while, it doesn’t treat venous insufficiency.

What is the Best Exercise to Improve Circulation?

Running, swimming, cycling, and yoga are the best exercises to improve blood circulation, reduce the risk of vein disease, and alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins. That’s because these exercises increase blood circulation and activate your calf muscles, which encourages blood flow towards the heart.

How soon do I recover after varicose vein treatment?

Minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments conclude within 30 to 60 minutes with no downtime. You can resume your daily activities and work immediately after the treatment, though you should avoid strenuous workouts for a few days. As such, varicose vein treatments don’t involve extended recovery periods.


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